Water flowing down snow packed stream on the way to the fifth media snow survey of the 2023 season at the Devils Postpile Snow Survey site located in Madera County, California. Due to the deep snow pack the survey crew traveled to the destination through helicopter. Photo taken March 31, 2023. Kate Cohee / Office of the Governor

USGS VIDEO: From Snow To Flow – When Snow Falls On A Mountain, Where Does It Go?

By Andrea Creighton, USGS Hydrologist

  • Learn about USGS science seeking to understand the effects of climate change and future of snowpack.
  • Most of the water in the western U.S. comes from the snowpack of the high-elevation mountains.
  • Changes in timing, magnitude, and duration of snowmelt may substantially alter downstream water availability.

More Resources:  USGS – From Snow to Flow 

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